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littlemarv

Spacers for dual wheels

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littlemarv
I have found two types of spacers for mounting dual rear wheels.The first set is big plastic rings that fit just inside the rim and you bolt the tires together with the weight holes:


I'm wondering how well they work compared to the oem ones...


From what I can tell, when you bolt the wheel onto the hub, the wheel is centered by the taper on the lug bolts, not a center pilot on the hub. If you bolt on the inner dual and the spacer, what centers the inside dual? Because the lug bolt is in the spacer and through the rim, not in it? The plastic rings look way cheaper than buying the originals or having them made, but I'm not sure if one setup is better than the other???? Any knowledge is appreciated.

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B110guy
Not knowing the mower side, I'll throw my 2 cents in from the ag side. Farm tractors run either axle mount (the OEM style) or band mount (the ring style) duals. My dad has a 180 horse tractor that runs band duals and has never had a problem. Of course the bands are steel and not plastic, but he's working with much larger tires/rims. The only problem I can see with the bands would be under a hard pull the dual would want to rotate a bit opposite the direction of travel. It's easy to check, all you need to do is look at the bolts to see if they are no longer parallel. Good and darn tight would be the fix but I'm not sure how much squish and distortion those plastic rings can take. They look pretty tough. B110guy

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Talntedmrgreen
The original duals also utilized lug style spacers to get proper alignment on the main wheel, and to clear the hubs. They replaced your lugs. Your original lugs were then used on the outer wheel, centering that wheel to the adapters.
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Pretty sure that's they way these go...someone correct me if I'm wrong. Here's a set I had made up, before I had the originals, which I just picked up off Matt (Killer A-C). They are a bit different, as I needed and did not have OEM wheel spacers for my loader. I did away with the original lugs and used an automotive style spacer with 1/2" lugs. Then lugnuts are used on both wheels to proplerly align
[img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0431.jpg[/img]

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I like the style Perry shows above, and have the ring style as well, though I've never used them. I care for their appearance least of all the options

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johnmonkey
Both set ups look good. With that said, the only complaint I have seen with the original spacer is that mud can get caked up up between both rims. The solid plastic ring will prevent that from happening, the mud can get caked up between the tires but not inside the rims. jh

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Talntedmrgreen
Perry, as far as I can tell, the lug spacers were only for the dual wheel kit. The loader spacers are much heavier, and come in an early and later version. I'm not sure I'd put the entire load of a tractor on the spacer lugs shown above. Early
[img]http://michaelstractors.com/mt_pictures/L10_wheelspacers.jpg[/img]
Late
[img]http://michaelstractors.com/mt_pictures/L12_wheelSpacer.jpg[/img]

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